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October 24, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Football 2012: Week Eight Offensive Sleepers

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Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order? Are Arian Foster and Maurice Jones-Drew your two best running backs?  Try one of these guys out. In Weeks Five through Seventeen candidates will be sorted by 2012 fantasy points.  Players must be outside the top 15 QB, top 25 RB, top 40 WR, and top 15 TE.




Sam Bradford:  As Mark Sanchez proved Sunday, anyone can throw for 300 yards on the New England secondary.  The Rams are passing on 55% of their plays and Bradford has tossed it at least 30 times in four of five games.  He is over 7.50 yards per attempt in his last two.


Russell Wilson:  While Seattle enjoyed a quasi-bye week after playing Thursday, Detroit was beaten up by Chicago on Monday night.  The Lions only have two interceptions.  Wilson increased his yards per attempt every game until facing San Francisco.


Matt Hasselbeck:  Jake Locker will miss another week and his backup will benefit from another soft opponent.  The Colts allow quarterbacks to earn a 102.2 passer rating and give up two passing touchdowns a game on average.


Running Backs


Rashad Jennings:  While Maurice Jones-Drew will play again this year he will not in the immediate future.  Jacksonville’s only hope to be competitive with Green Bay is to run the ball and bleed the clock.  Jennings should get 20-25 touches easily this week.


Jaime Harper:  Chris Johnson ran wild last week but Harper also converted two red zone carries into touchdowns.  Tennessee has only let Johnson exceed 20 carries once so there are touches to be had.  Indianapolis is 28th in the league, allowing 4.8 yards per rush.


Vick Ballard:  It was a workmanlike and productive effort from Ballard as he totaled over 100 yards filling in for Donald Brown.  His prospects are good again, the Titans allow 134.7 rushing yards per game.


Robert Meachem, WR, San Diego Chargers

Wide Receivers


Robert Meachem:  He is a risky play considering he was shut out in two September games but he runs deep routes 38.5% of the time and averages over 15 yards per catch.  Cleveland ranks 26th in passing yards allowed per game and 29th in passing touchdowns surrendered.


Brandon Gibson:  His role expanded when Danny Amendola was injured, he has twelve catches in the last two games.  He is in great position to set new season highs as he faces New England.  The Patriots are 29th in passing yards allowed per game and tied for 30th in passing touchdowns given up.


Darrius Heyward-Bey:  The numbers started to come back last week, he collected a team-high 85 receiving yards.  Quarterbacks facing Kansas City have a 106.5 rating and average 8.9 yards per attempt.  His deep route rate of 44.4% would place him third among qualified wide receivers.


Tight Ends


Dallas Clark:  Last week was his most productive game, he caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.  Tampa’s whole passing offense is on the upswing, Josh Freeman averaged over 10.0 yards per attempt each of the last two games.  Minnesota is the seventh most generous defense for opposing tight ends when measured in fantasy points.


Jacob Tamme:  Clark got rolling while facing the Saints and they line up opposite Tamme and the Broncos this week.  Quarterbacks have a 106.6 rating against the New Orleans defense.  Expect plenty of offense in this Sunday Night shootout.


Anthony Fasano:  The first time Miami played the Jets Fasano set a season high in targets and yards.  He has four touchdowns in ten career games against them.  New York is the third easiest defense for fantasy tight ends to score on.


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